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D Class (IB1) Lifeboats

First introduced into the RNLI fleet in 1963, the design of the inflatable D class lifeboat continues to evolve to meet changes in demand and technology. The current version the IB1 was introduced in 2003.


These fast, light inflatable boats are suited to shallow water and confined locations such as close to cliffs, among rocks or even in caves.These craft can reach casualties in places where an all-weather lifeboat would be unable to operate.

The D class has a single 50hp outboard engine and can be righted manually by the crew after a capsize. Equipment includes both fitted and hand-held VHF radio, night-vision equipment, and first aid kit including oxygen.


All RNLI inshore lifeboats are built and maintained at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight. A D class lifeboat is generally refitted every 2 years. This process sees the entire lifeboat stripped and rebuilt with any part found to be worn, torn or broken being repaired or replaced.

D Class Facts

  • Introduced: 1963 (Latest version 2003)
  • Length: 5m
  • Width: 2m
  • Load: 400kg
  • Launch Type: Trolley or davit
  • Fuel Capacity: 68 litres
  • Crew: 2-3
  • Range: 3 hours at maxium speed
  • Engines: 1 x mariner at 40 or 50hp

The table below contains information on D Class lifeboats currently based at RNLI stations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Number

Name

Year Built

Station

D-726

Bradley and Sonia

2010

Fenit 08/01/10 to date

D-731

Realt na Mara

2010

Dun laoghaire 10/06/10 to date

D-738

David Roulston (Civil Service No. 52)

2010

Portrush 09/09/10 to date

D-775

Eliza

2014

Newcastle 03/12/14 to date

D-781

Isabella Purchase

2015

Tramore 28/05/15 to date

D-782

Alfred William Newman

2015

Wexford 25/06/15 to date

D-783

Terry

2015

Larne 21/07/15 to date

D-796

Aideen Cresswell

2016

Howth 12/07/16 to date

D-806

Dennis-Audrey

2016

Wicklow 23/02/17 to date

D-815

Celia Mary

2017

Clifden 19/10/17 to 2020

D-819

Naomh Dubhan

2017

Fethard 01/02/18 to date

D-823

Clann Lir

2018

Ballyglass 28/06/18 to date

D-846


2019

Courtown 29/01/20 to date

D-860


2021

Fenit due 2021



2021

Dun Laoghaire due 2021

Lifeboats listed in YELLOW are under construction. Lifeboats listed in WHITE are in service.

Last Updated 18/02/21

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